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This photo counts as a "Super Bowl" photo, in my mind.

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Marshawn Lynch's mother: 'He just said he didn't want to go' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Delisa Lynch said Marshawn Lynch has been mourning the recent death of a family member. But she said they’d had had some recent talks and she thought her son was going to attend the ceremony anyway. “No particular reason was given to me,’’ she said. “He just said he didn’t want to go.’’ Delisa Lynch mentioned that her son has a well-publicized aversion to the spotlight, something President Obama acknowledged.

Hey, remember when Dan Snyder fired the Super Bowl champs’ GM after 7 months? | Q
Before he heads back to Seattle from Wednesday’s White House visit with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, general manager John Schneider might be inclined to take the Lombardi Trophy for a spin past Redskins Park and honk the horn.

The Philadelphia Eagles' Personnel Strategy: Targeting College Grads -
The Philadelphia Eagles have quietly scoured the college ranks for something that has little to do with 40-yard dash times or bench-press abilities. They want players who have earned college degrees.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Snap-Weighted Age: 2013 NFL Rosters
Whether it's the record number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft or the "No Carries for Old Men" movement, the average roster age may be trending towards youth. Fortunately, with the availability of snap data, we have a way to track this accurately so that the 38-year-old long-snapper won't age your team much since he's only playing a small percentage of the time. Every player's age is weighted by how many snaps they played.

President Obama salutes 'Best football team in America'
The Seahawks had their day at The White House on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama honored the Super Bowl XLVIII champions during a zinger-filled ceremony in The East Room

Seattle Seahawks visit the White House -
President Obama is set to welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House at 11:10 a.m. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Arizona Cardinals comfortable with scheme in Year 2 - ESPN
What a difference a year makes.

10 observations as Arizona Cardinals start OTAs - ESPN
This time last year, the buzz around the Cardinals was about a new coach with a new culture and a new scheme. This year, it’s about how do the Cardinals make the playoffs?

Obama welcomes Super Bowl champion Seahawks to the White House | - Seattle Sidelines
President Barack Obama just finished honoring the Seahawks in the East Wing of the White House, and it was clear that the President and his people...

Buccaneers now sold on Mike Glennon as long-term QB -
At one point this offseason Tampa Bay seemed ready to shop quarterback Mike Glennon. But per Buccaneers GM Jason Licht, the team is finally sold on Glennon as the position's long-term solution.

B.J. Daniels takes selfie with Bill Clinton portrait, fan thinks it's JFK -
Do you know what Bill Clinton looks like?

John Abraham 'shooting for at least 20' sacks in 2014 -
Cardinals pass rusher John Abraham is "shooting for at least 20" sacks in 2014 and expects to be an every-down player.

2014 NFL season over/under win totals: NFC picks -
Looking at 2014 NFL season over/under picks for the coming year, featuring every single team from the NFC. Vegas is sleeping on the Cardinals, kids.

5 Things Every Rookie Should Do | National Football Post
A simple formula for success that starts off the field.

NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks sit No. 1 following 2014 NFL draft draft | Audibles -
"We are like all other teams in this league," Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said back in February. "This is the time of the year that you recalibrate your roster, you recalibrate your football team. Whether you are a 4-12 team or a 13-3 team, you’re going to go through this process.

Top 10 Rookies to Watch at NFL Rookie Camps | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Longest Streaks Without Allowing a 100-Yard Rusher —
Last year, I looked at the longest streaks by teams without producing a 100-yard rusher. Today, the reverse: the run defenses that didn’t allow any opposing backs to hit the century mark week after week, year after year (note: all streaks are regular season only, unless otherwise specified). Two teams have gone 50+ straight games without allowing an opposing player to hit 100 rushing yards, and neither defense will surprise you.

Like it or not, the NFL draft will only get bigger. | : Dan Pompei Article
The issue is not whether the NFL draft should change. It's how much it will change. As the site and date are debated, it's clear that the NFL would be wise to do what it can to maximize the value of an offseason event that can't stop growing.

Seasons will hinge on these players in the spotlight. | : Mike Tanier Article
To make the 2014 All-Hinge Team, you just have to have the whole season riding on you. This is an all-star team of veterans who must get better, get healthier, adapt or evolve. For better or worse, these players will become the "story" of their teams' 2014 season.

Norris' 2015 Mock Draft: 5/11 - Mock Drafts -
It is never too early for a mock draft, and Josh Norris unveils his first for 2015's event.

No contest: Smith’s courtroom scene a far cry from his on-field dominance | 49ers Hot Read
Alden Smith slipped out a side door of San Jose’s Hall of Justice as a convicted felon. He casually strode down a narrow sidewalk wearing a light-grey suit, brown leather shoes and a nonchalant expression.

Aldon Smith pleads “no contest,” and now he and the 49ers face a sentencing on July 25–yes, the 49ers are totally in this now, too – Talking Points
Aldon Smith’s future–and undeniably key a part of the 49ers’ future–now leads up to a new date: July 25, when the talented linebacker is scheduled for sentencing before a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Daniel Nishigaya.

Smith pleads no contest to DUI, weapons charges | CSN Bay Area
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony counts of illegal possession of assault weapons and pleaded as charged to two misdemeanor DUI counts, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office.